Chief diversity officers from across the U.S. recently converged in Atlanta for a meeting of the minds. Their focus was on closing the gender gap and promoting women in the workplace, with topics ranging from wage inequality to the lack of female leaders in the C-suite.
In her article in the Atlanta Tribune, Randstad US chief diversity & inclusion officer, Audra Jenkins shares highlights from the event. Jenkins also calls attention to the growing belief among employers that having more women in leadership roles is critical to organizational success:
“New research indicates that having women in corporate leadership improves a company’s performance and likely increases gross earnings. On average, companies with the most diverse executive boards make 53 percent higher returns on equity. And when top companies have women at the helm, they are found to generate up to three times the returns ... ”
While this is encouraging news for women in the workplace, what’s also interesting is the way that companies can achieve their gender equality goals through the use of HR technology. Jenkins explains that artificial intelligence can reduce unconscious bias in hiring and promotion, while cloud-based platforms expand talent pools to find more diverse candidates. According to the Talent Trends research, more than three-quarters of global talent leaders say their companies plan to invest in these kinds of HR technologies in 2018.
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